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Carnegie Libraries in England, Scotland, Wales and Ireland

Updated on April 26, 2015
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A librarian through and through, Virginia Allain writes about book topics, researching, and information for library users and librarians.

Europe Has Carnegie Libraries Too

Americans tend to think that Carnegie libraries are unique to the United States. Since Andrew Carnegie made his millions in the U.S., much of his philanthropy was focused here as well.

His roots, though, were in Scotland and he funded libraries in that country as well as in Belgium, France, Ireland, Serbia and Great Britain. I bet you didn't know that. At least, I had no idea that there were libraries that he funded in Belgium and Serbia.

Men of Britain poster by Philbradley

Rathmines Public Library - a Carnegie Library - A short video history of the library

The library was built in 1913 with funds from Andrew Carnegie.

Andrew Carnegie - The Richest Man in the World - Book available from Amazon

What inspired the richest man in the world to provide money for building libraries across the United States and Europe? Learn about Andrew Carnegie and how he gained his wealth and used it.

He Had Amazing Wealth, But Started out Poor

This is just a sampling of the libraries. More will be added over time.

Carnegie Libraries in England

These links include photos of the buildings, maps and history of the libraries. Click on any of the links to learn more.

Planning to Visit One of These Buildings?

Be sure to check first to see that the building is still there, what the current use is and if it is open for seeing the interior.

Mansfield Carnegie Library - UK


This handsome building in Mansfield, UK, is typical of Carnegie libraries in other countries. It's solidly built for generations of library users to enjoy. The formal appearance of the building shows the importance of the library in the community.

I Pin the Buildings to my Pinterest Pinboard So I Can Find Them Again Later

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Carnegie Libraries in Ireland

These links include photos of the buildings, maps and history of the libraries.

Carnegie Libraries in Wales

These links include photos of the buildings, maps and history of the libraries.

1923 Book about Carnegie Libraries

A Book of Carnegie Libraries
A Book of Carnegie Libraries
This 366 page book is a reproduction from the 1923 original. It's available in hardback or paperback.

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Have You Been to a Carnegie Library in Britain, Ireland or Europe?

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    • Virginia Allain profile imageAUTHOR

      Virginia Allain 

      7 years ago from Central Florida

      @poutine: Thanks for your comment, Poutine. I need to see what I can find out about the ones in Canada.

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      Virginia Allain 

      8 years ago from Central Florida

      @anonymous: I would dearly love to live in a converted library. All that beautiful woodwork and all that shelving around the walls... how special.

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      8 years ago

      Yes as our 4 bedroom cottage was converted from a Carnegie Library and Village Hall in 1975 and still has some of the original features. The kitchen and lounge are all wood lined with the original wood and the library shelves, with authors incscriptions are still used in the kitchen. The cottage is called The Old Library.

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      9 years ago

      No, but I have been to one in Canada.


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      Peggy Hazelwood 

      9 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      I haven't but I think this would be a fun tour to take!


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